The Closer Look Book Club meets throughout the year to discuss novels and other works of fiction. To participate in a Book Club conversation, all you need to do is read the book and then join us in the Dorothy Rubel Room at the Poetry Center. No sign-up is necessary: the Club is free and open to the public, and you’re welcome to participate in as many or as few meetings as you like.
This fall, the Book Club reads a wide range of narratives translated into English: The Hour of the Star, a novella by Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector; the Inferno transmuted as a brand-new translation by poet Mary Jo Bang; and Swann’s Way, one of the great influences on twentieth-century literature, rendered by brilliant Lydia Davis. Please be sure to read the editions specified so that we’re all on the same page! All book club selections will be available for purchase at the Poetry Center gift kiosk.
The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector (translated by Benjamin Moser)
“A new translation of Clarice Lispector’s searing last novel, The Hour of the Star by Lispector biographer Benjamin Moser—with an introduction by Colm Tóibín—reveals the mesmerizing force of the revitalized modernist’s Rio-set tale of a young naïf, who, along with the piquantly intrusive narrator, challenges the reader’s notions of identity, storytelling, and love.”—Vogue